Some people praised the mother’s tough-love approach to parenting. One follower said that her mother did the same thing when she was younger, “and after that week with no toys I learned real fast to clean after myself.” But a number of concerned folks claimed that 5 might be a little young to expect a child to clean a whole room by himself, and taking away every toy he owns as punishment may not be as productive as the TikToker thinks.
Ultimately, the TikToker pushed back on the criticisms in a followup video, saying that her son has cleaned his own room for a year and knows telling his parents that it’s their job to clean up after him is an inappropriate response. While the boy’s room was still empty at the time of the followup, the TikToker said he’ll get his toys back when he earns them — but they’re hidden in the basement, not sitting on the curb waiting for trash day.
PARENTS: What do you say about this? How do you feel about this? What would you have done – or have you done anything like this before? Thoughts?